A raucous St. Patrick's Day in Savannah, Georgia.
St. Patrick's Day is just three days away, and y'all know we're getting ready for a party. Whether you're looking to honor the day with a simple meal of corned beef and cabbage or you're planning to paint the town green, we've got the recipes, party-planning tips and round-ups of the parties in the South. Read on for Southern Kitchen's guide to St. Patrick's Day.
If you're going out
The 5 Southern cities with the biggest, greenest St. Patrick's Day parties
St. Patrick's Day is one of those holidays that seems to bring everyone together — Irish Catholic or not — in order to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland. The holiday was originally celebrated as the Feast of St. Patrick, a religious holiday observing the day that Christianity arrived on the shores of Ireland. Today, it's more often a day for people to celebrate their heritage and, if we're being completely honest, have a little too much (green) beer.
Here's where we do it down South
Why St. Patrick's Day is so big in Savannah
At over 200 years old, Savannah’s St. Patrick’s celebration is one of the largest in the country, second only to New York City. Last year, almost half a million people from across the country flooded the streets of the port city to honor and celebrate their Irish heritage, and this year won’t be any different.
Learn more about the history of the celebration in this Georgia city
Get the scoop on Savannah's favorite places to celebrate
Savannah is also home to what an influential voice in the Irish pub industry (it’s a thing) considers the most authentic Irish pub in the world. On River Street sits the 35-year-old Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub, which is owned by a second-generation Irishman named Vic Powers and received the top prize for authenticity in 2016 by the Irish Pubs Global Federation.
If you're sticking around in Savannah, visit these 12 restaurants
In our view, you won’t find more Southern hospitality or charm anywhere else in the South than Savannah. Wanna know what's even better? Exploring all of the city's charm is easy to do in a weekend. Whether you stay by Forsyth Park or closer to the river, you can easily discover all of the city’s sites and incredible restaurants, all on foot.
See all of our favorite restaurants
If you're staying in
Make these 10 green recipes (that are actually good!) for St. Patrick's Day
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Southern-style, with some of our favorite green dishes. From good old-fashioned casseroles to collard greens, salads and salsas, we've got your good luck covered. (And don't worry, we've got your green drink, too.) Sláinte!
Try them all
Rather have Irish-inspired fare? Try these four dishes
You might be tempted to go out on St. Patrick's Day and whoop it up with your pals at the local Irish pub. Sure, sip some Guinness and down a shot of Jameson if you like, but save some time for cooking a hearty Irish meal and watching Irish movies like "Michael Collins."
Sample each recipe here
Or try your hand at this Guinness-filled meat pie
Want to feel young? Guinness was born in 1759, and it didn't even get to America until 202 years ago, in 1817, when some rich dude in South Carolina ordered eight barrels from across the pond. Eight barrels of Guinness! Sheesh! He must have been cooking with it, too. Pour that velvety blackness into a glass and watch the bubbles swirl around. Sip the indescribable bittersweet stout and grin like a leprechaun with a little of that silky soft foam on your stiff upper lip. And we highly suggest making this pie to go with it.
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It's not St. Patrick's Day without soda bread
If you'd rather take a calm approach to the holiday, take some time to bake up a loaf of bread. Soda bread actually takes very little time at all — it can be made in what feels like mere minutes (especially if you've been spending most of your time baking long-rising no-knead bread and pizza). And it is actually more Southern than you may think.
Learn more and get our Southern twist on a traditional recipe
Photo (hero): Savannah City Market Facebook
Photo (green fountain): Visit Savannah Facebook
Photo (Barry's Pub): AJC Photo / Stephen B. Morton
Photo (Wilkes Dining Room): Britt Reints/Flickr (license)
Photo (collards): Virginia Willis
Photo (cabbage): jules/Flickr (license)
Photo (Guinness pie): Erie Times-News
Photo (soda bread): Kate Williams